You need a break
It’s all just so obvious. A couple of Trump’s nominees misled their confirmation committees, so the Democrats used what tiny power they have to delay in an effort to have their questions answered. The Republicans just change the rules to push them through, and Orrin Hatch scorns the Democrats as “pathetic” and claims Republicans never treated Obama’s nominees poorly. Hatch led the Republican refusal to even consider Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court. Garland being a candidate Hatch himself had previously approved of.
Hypocrisy like that deserves anger by his constituents, and laughter from the rest of us. But when I read it, I didn’t feel like laughing. Which is why it’s so obvious: I need a break. And so do you.
During this bizarre and atrocious period in America’s history, it’s important to stay informed. It’s crucial not to normalize the affronts against democracy, honor, and human decency itself. But listen to this crapcakery every day? You’re gonna lose your marbles.
So take a break. Two days? Deputize a friend to keep track of any particularly important stories you might miss, then you can return the favor when they take a siesta from insanity.
So as of right now, I’m going on break. Most likely until Monday. I’m going back to Vietnam. Wanna come?
I’m going back to the promenade on the Perfume River in Hue, where it was two young Vietnamese girls who asked a question I’d heard before. “Excuse me, do you speak English? Do you mind if we practice our English with you for a moment?”
Weather. The Royal Palace. Pop music and street food. We talked about everything and I was not surprised when our three became four. Then six. That’s how it went in Vietnam. On the banks of the river in Hue, or the lake in Hanoi, or a cafe in Hoi An. A shy hello that quickly led to new friends sharing an impromptu language group of laughter and human contact in the warm evening air.
The Vietnamese people were an inspiration. Suffering in their past, challenges in their present, and threats in their future, but they greeted me every day with smiles and welcome.
I like this vacation. I’m staying until Monday.
Enjoy your break. My head and heart so much.
Take a break with me! When we get back we’ll watch Trump’s Black History Month “speech” and laugh ourselves silly. And still care. And still show up at every chance we get. And still smile.
I need a siesta myself!! Enjoy your time off.
Absolutely! Margarita cheers!
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Glad you’re enjoying your vaca. But your job is sort of a vacation isn’t it?
Otherwise, I’m a bit worried about our new US admin. Starting to have political nightmares, which I’ve never had before.
🙂 That’s a common misconception, though I see how one could think so. But nope, politics fits right in among the million things that need doing.
Aye! Political nightmares are new to me too. I was having more of them before and right after the election. I hope that’s not my brain normalizing these horrors. (Silencing Elizabeth Warren like that?!? What century do we live in?)
Trump is all I hear about these days. Not that I pay attention. That is I live in Vietnam.
On another lighter note, Hoi An is definitely so much more beautiful these days than it was in December. So much more!!!
It was interesting to see Vietnam and China finally make progress on the South China Sea tension after Trump was elected. I think the awareness of how awful he is has forced other governments to step up their own advocacy and progress. The US just isn’t going to lead on anything useful for the next four years. Politics is local…and utterly global.
Glad to hear Hoi An is doing well! I look forward to returning someday. Hopefully a less flooded day. 😉
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I know just what you mean. I quit watching the news and only hear things secondhand now. I’m busy escaping to Norway, where I went dog sledding on top of a mountain. It’s as far as I can get from what’s happening here.
Norway! Nice. That sounds fantastic. And aye, incorporating a replenishing headspace is essential. And then coming back and being involved again. I think our representatives might well be in the intransigent pickle they’re in (understatement of the year) partially because they spend so much time in that nasty little world of sniping and infighting. Well, that and diminished neuroplasticity. That’s another thing we oughta talk about…
I hope you enjoy/enjoyed/are enjoying Norway!!!
I have been having the most interesting conversations with a man from Serbia while I’m here in Germany. It’s always fascinating and informative to see how people from other parts of the world see America. Because let’s be clear: the rest of the world is watching. He was so knowledgeable and enlightened — I wish he could run for President!
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